When it comes to rental housing, most of the focus around these parts is on finding the number of rooms one requires at the lowest price. But what about the 000000001.0123456 percent of OC Weekly readers desiring the most expensive rentals in the County of Orange? For you, dear diplomatically immune Saudi sheik's son or South Coast Plaza shopper from the People's Republic of China, we present "10 of the Most Expensive Rentals in Orange County Right Now."
(By "present," I mean we are posting a list compiled exclusively for the Weekly by RENTCafé, which also granted permission to run each photo here and whose own Alexandru Avirvarei gives his own take on each rental.)
10. COTO DE CAZA - Majestic Property
Monthly Rent: $38,000 Address: 22442 Via Pajaro, Coto De Caza, CA 92679 Building: 15,000 sq. ft. / 6 bedrooms / 7 full bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms Special features: The property offers dramatic views of the manicured grounds that features three pools, a lighted tennis court and plans for an equestrian center. Hand carved wood finishes set the tone for the main building that features seven fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, an immense master suite, fitness center, media room.
9. LAGUNA BEACH - Spectacular Residence
Monthly Rent: $40,000 Address: 160 Saint Anns Drive A & B, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Building: 3,100 sq. ft. / 4 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms Special features: This amazing residence, which includes two luxuriously appointed lower levels of 4, 3 bedroom/4 bath + theatre presents panoramic ocean and sunset views.
8. NEWPORT COAST - Stunning Mediterranean Estate
Monthly Rent: $45,000 Address: 20 Scenic Bluff, Newport Coast, CA 92657 Building: 5,100 sq. ft. / 5 bedrooms / 4 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom Special features: Spanning a double-lot with 180 degree coastline views just inside the private gates of Crystal Cove, this five-star fully-furnished luxury rental offers four bedrooms plus home office.
7. LAGUNA BEACH - Exquisite French Private Residence
Monthly Rent: $45,000 Address: 203 Crescent Bay Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Building: 4,100 sq. ft. / 5 bedrooms / 4 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom Special features: This coveted North Laguna home offers charming decorator furnishings throughout with extraordinary views. Generous outdoor living areas include covered patios, BBQ area; poolside dining, courtyards, verandas and walk-out decks overlooking the scenic coves of Laguna's picturesque coastline.
6. SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Magnificent Lake View Estate
Monthly Rent: $50,000 Address: 30302 Malaspina Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 Building: 13,400 sq. ft. / 6 bedrooms / 10 bathrooms Special features: Situated above a private community lake, this property features six spacious bedrooms, screening room, two exercise rooms, two master suites, and a fabulous kitchen with stunning La Cornue stove. 5. LAGUNA BEACH - One of a Kind Oceanfront Property
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Monthly Rent: $55,000 Address: 1715 Ocean Way, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Building: 3,300 sq. ft. / 3 bedrooms / 3 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom Special features: Seamless indoor/outdoor living with floor to ceiling glass, balconies and terraces designed to embrace the sound and sight of the surf, white water, panoramic ocean and sunset views.
4. LAGUNA BEACH - Extraordinary Oceanfront Home
Monthly Rent: $68,500 Address: 603 South Coast, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Building: 5,026 sq. ft. / 6 bedrooms / 7 bathrooms Special features: Encompassing approximately 5,000 square feet, four units occupy the property including a nearly 2,200-square-foot, three-bedroom villa featuring a full floor master suite with it's own oversized terrace with 270 degree views.
3. LAGUNA BEACH - Uniquely Positioned Beachfront Estate
Monthly Rent: $75,000 Address: 1275 Ocean Front, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Building: 3,900 sq. ft. / 4 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms Special features: This amazing residence boasts almost 4,000 square feet of living space in addition to more than 600 square feet of outdoor decks and a three-car garage.
2. LAGUNA BEACH - A Castle by the Sea
Monthly Rent: $95,000 Address: 2529 S Coast, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Building: 8,065 sq. ft. / 12 bedrooms / 11 bathrooms Special features: A rare and exquisite gem on the California Riviera. This fully restored estate includes four guest villas, 12 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, private parking for 12 cars, lush grounds and a private cove with a pool.
And numero uno is ...
1. NEWPORT BEACH - One of the Finest Homes in Orange County
Monthly Rent: $100,000 Address: 2112 E Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92661 Building: 9,478 sq. ft. Special features: Magnificently detailed Italianate architecture is the hallmark of this recently completed masterpiece.
If the rent for that last one does not include a gardening service, forget it!